Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime ed. by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo (review)

Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime ed. by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric... REFERENCE Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. DOI: 10.1355/sj30-1o Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime. Edited by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 268 pp. The theme of this book — everyday lives of everyday people — is taken up with enthusiasm, sympathy and nuance in its ten (excluding the introduction) chapters. The narratives are sometimes poignant, and often compelling, providing us a glimpse into the lives of men and women who have had to negotiate the often inexplicable and unpredictable currents of wider political and economic forces. This book is a timely and welcome contribution to Myanmar studies, a field that has until recently focused on broader themes such as the military, the political struggle for democracy, ethnic armed conflict and peace negotiations. Where there have been accounts of individual lives, they have tended to be biographies of the elite or well-known individuals such as Aung San Suu Kyi, F.K. Lehman, Ne Win, Than Shwe and U Nu. When we do encounter the lives of “ordinary” people, these have often been presented http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime ed. by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo (review)

Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime ed. by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo (review)


REFERENCE Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. DOI: 10.1355/sj30-1o Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime. Edited by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 268 pp. The theme of this book — everyday lives of everyday people — is taken up with enthusiasm, sympathy and nuance in its ten (excluding the introduction) chapters. The narratives are sometimes poignant, and often compelling, providing us a glimpse into the lives of men and women who have had to negotiate the often inexplicable and unpredictable currents of wider political and economic forces. This book is a timely and welcome contribution to Myanmar studies, a field that has until recently focused on broader themes such as the military, the political struggle for democracy, ethnic armed conflict and peace negotiations. Where there have been accounts of individual lives, they have tended to be biographies of the elite or well-known individuals such as Aung San Suu Kyi, F.K. Lehman, Ne Win, Than Shwe and U Nu. When we do encounter the lives of “ordinary” people, these have often been presented as collective voices amalgamated into harrowing accounts of human rights abuses and suffering. Undoubtedly, these themes and personages play a fundamental role in advancing our understanding of Myanmar and its people. Nevertheless, these studies only document certain aspects of the diversity of experiences. This book achieves the goal of presenting the everyday lives of people in Myanmar in three distinct ways. First, it examines the lives of Burmese people within the context of wider political events, such as the 1988 demonstrations and the Saffron Revolution of 2007. This is elegantly done by the authors, who describe the ways in which personal lives are woven into and 10 SOJOURN BR.indd 285 play a part in major...
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REFERENCE Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. DOI: 10.1355/sj30-1o Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories under the Burmese Regime. Edited by Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 268 pp. The theme of this book — everyday lives of everyday people — is taken up with enthusiasm, sympathy and nuance in its ten (excluding the introduction) chapters. The narratives are sometimes poignant, and often compelling, providing us a glimpse into the lives of men and women who have had to negotiate the often inexplicable and unpredictable currents of wider political and economic forces. This book is a timely and welcome contribution to Myanmar studies, a field that has until recently focused on broader themes such as the military, the political struggle for democracy, ethnic armed conflict and peace negotiations. Where there have been accounts of individual lives, they have tended to be biographies of the elite or well-known individuals such as Aung San Suu Kyi, F.K. Lehman, Ne Win, Than Shwe and U Nu. When we do encounter the lives of “ordinary” people, these have often been presented

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